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Clinical Assessment in Primary Care - BSc CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Module outline and aims

This introductory module prepares you as an experienced practitioner to acquire systematic and structured history taking, physical examination and diagnostic reasoning skills in relation to four systems (the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system and the urinary system). It will help you assess adults with undiagnosed presentations, distinguish normal from abnormal findings and formulate differential diagnoses in order to manage, treat or refer patients. The vision for the module was informed by Transforming Primary Care: Safe, proactive, personalised care for those who need it most (Department of Health 2014) and Five Year Forward View (NHS 2014).

Content outline

  • Consultation models and methods of history taking and documentation
  • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system and the urinary system
  • Physical examination skills (including auscultation, inspection, palpation and percussion) to assess the aforementioned systems
  • Interpretation of assessment findings to enable the distinction between normal and abnormal findings and formulate differential diagnoses using a variety of diagnostic support tools
  • Role of the multidisciplinary team in in managing and treating patients

This module is a core module for students on the BSc/GradDip/PGDip Public Health (District Nursing) programme and an optional module for students on the BSc/PGDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) programme. The aim, content and learning outcomes have been informed by the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice, the QNI/QNIS (2015) Voluntary Standards for District Nursing Education and Practice and the NHS Health Education England (2015) District Nursing and General Practice Nursing Service Education and Career Framework.

Module dates

Term 1: Dates TBC

Term 3: Dates TBC



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Kat Millward

    Kat joined City, University of London in December 2015 as a lecturer within the Health Services Research and Management Division of the School of Health Sciences. She is currently Module Leader for the Clinical Assessment in Primary Care and Introduction to Long Term Conditions modules which sit with the Primary Care ...